Peek into public service: Registration open for Citizens Fire Academy

Summerville Fire-Rescue is again hosting a Citizens Fire Academy and is looking for community members interested in learning more about the agency and the fire field.

The deadline to sign-up for the free, seven-week program is Sept. 5. Spots are limited.

The program will start Oct. 22; participants will graduate on Dec. 4.

Throughout the program, enrolled residents receive a first-hand look at how the department operates, providing them a better understanding of a firefighter’s job.

“This is a quality program and unique experience for the people of Summerville,” said Capt. Ben Woods, Jr. “It’s a good way for our citizens to get a safe behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a firefighter and some of what we go through.”

An addition to the upcoming program is a live burn. Throughout the event on-duty firefighters will explain their duties every step of the way, Woods said.

Participants must be at least 21 and live in Summerville town limits.

Classes will be held at the Summerville Fire-Rescue training site facility at 1105 Yancey Street.

The class schedule includes history and organizational structure, Dispatch/911 communications and apparatus familiarization. To apply, visit the town website or stop by the Summerville Fire-Rescue headquarters, located at 300 West 2nd North Street.

For more information contact Woods at or call 843-475-2453.